Pakistan welcomes proposal by UNHCR for a Commission of Inquiry into HR violations in IoK

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 14 (APP):Pakistan Thursday welcomed the proposal by the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights to establish a Commission of Inquiry for international investigation into human
rights violations in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IoK).

A statement from the Foreign Office said the proposal was consistent with Pakistan’s
several calls to this effect since 2016, even as India has continued to ignore legitimate
demands for probe into gross and systematic violations, including pellet guns excessive
use of force, arbitrary arrest and detentions as well as continued sexual violence as
part of overall impunity, enjoyed by Indian security forces.

The Foreign Office Spokesman said the report by the Office of the High Commissioner
for Human Rights (OCHCR) clearly stipulates that its main focus was on the Indian
Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“The contents, scale and the narrative of killings, maiming, abuse and impunity articulated
in the report was a reaffirmation of what Pakistan has long highlighted for the international
community,” the spokesman said.

References to human rights concerns in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and
Gilgit-Baltistan should in no way be construed to create a false sense of
equivalence with the gross and systematic human rights violations in IoK.

The Spokesman said the OHCHR’s report has rightly called for final political solution
of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through meaningful dialogue that includes the people
of Kashmir. He pointed that the lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was
an essential imperative for peace, security and stability of South Asia and beyond.

India’s continued denial of this imperative, its unwillingness to engage in a dialogue
process with Pakistan and suppression of Kashmiri aspirations for freedom, continue
to endanger regional and international peace and security, he added.

The statement by the Foreign Office Spokesman said United Nations has a key role
to play in the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Within the ambit of peace
and security, the UN Security Council remains seized of numerous resolutions on
Jammu and Kashmir. The OCHCR report, he said was a reminder of this internationally
recognized dispute and the urgency of its settlement, both to protect human lives and
promote peace.